What went down 🙂
1. Group Rhythm Game with Elissa
2. Introductions: Name, what year you are, how you’re feeling in metaphor to a plant, your intentions for the meeting.
3. Eat food & kick it
4. Introduction of existing focus group topics:
1. Each day teachers, staff, administration, students, and more show up to make Evergreen what it is. To re-engage the community lets find ways to give thanks, acknowledgement, and gratitude to all those across our community who do more than we are aware of to make our community possible. [APPRECIATION]
2. The political landscape of Evergreen is changing, historically student involvement was central. Now, more than ever, it is crucial that we as students step forward to define our roles by engaging with the process from multiple angles, instead of remaining frustrated. – Have you heard of E.P.I.C. or the Appearing Task Force?? [POLITICAL INVOLVEMENT]
3. The 4th floor Library space: student groups and individuals are trying to re-engage this dead space on campus by making food and community more accessible and healthier. Let’s gather to find a way to co-operate in the process. [4th FLOOR]
4. An Evergreen Festival: each year Procession of the Species pulls the Olympia community together. This year groups are talking about a festival/event on campus that could then be woven into Procession as well. Each spring many groups and events on campus happen, can some of them be woven together or co-operate? There already has been talk of Dance, performance, costuming, and puppetry. Let’s have fun at Evergreen 🙂 [FESTIVAL]
– Update/utilize/make accessible: the blog, in order to create awareness and make Evergreen history a bigger resource
– Develop a forum for students to decompress class, where they’ve discovered Evergreen isn’t quite working for them
– 2012/2013 Change of narrative in the dominant society, what the new year means
– Soft occupation of campus and various facilities
**Framework for small group discussion/focus groups: Figure out the “costs/benefits” of the project, “walls” you may come up against, “intentions” for the project, short and long term. – so what’s the next step?
5. Report back from focus groups:
[APPRECIATION] – The hope is to bring recognition and appreciation to faculty, staff, janitorial staff. It seems that there are a lot of gaps in the community, for example an academic division of the arts and sciences, and so we should find ways to show cross-appreciation between students. Some ideas: (1) hold a symposium or “solidarity learning” during Eval week to share knowledge and skills through sharing and teaching our final projects; (2) students create gifts of chocolate and poems and other homemade goodies for staff and faculty; (3) create an Evergreen wikipage (Rudyard is already working on this, you rock Rudyard!) This could include capturing alumni, hosting a gallery of student alumni/activism, get a deeper look into history and legacy of Evergreen, making it accessible and transparent.
FOLLOW UP/CONTACT: Celi Tamayo-Lee
[ POLITICAL INVOLVEMENT] – The creation of “Hub Club” or reestablishing Evergreen Political Information Center, EPIC. When Evergreen first started there weren’t many groups. The first were: Third World Coalition, Evergreen Political Information Center, Womyns Resource Center, Environmental Resource Center, Lesbian/Gay Resource Center and perhaps more. In contrast, today we have much more specific groups – designed to act upon a specific goal. Could we create a collaborative/co-operative community? Additionally the political landscape of Evergreen is shifting. Historically, student involvement regarding the shaping of Evergreen was through a Disappearing Task Force DTF focused upon a specific issue. Today that format is being replaced by standing positions: the geoduck student union and special administrative standings – creating hierarchy.
FOLLOW UP/CONTACT: Dante Garcia
[4th FLOOR] – Library 4300 is not being used right now, meaning its an opportunity for students: this space could be a living room, place to be comfortable, doesn’t have to be solely political/radical, could be used for canning food. The Flaming Eggplant could share a cooperative format or model to use. Individuals could buy in to the co-op model and get proficiencies. (in the case of a potluck) For every one “proficient kitchener” there could be three helpers… What other approaches can we take? What is the “buy-in” for various groups/administration? “Walls” we may come up against are: clean up/messes, (there have been kitchens in most dorm spaces, but were removed around 2001-2004 – they were not well kept) dangers in the eyes of the administration, a need for food handler’s permits, differentiating the space’s purpose.
NEXT STEPS: Talk to the Flaming Eggplant, conduct more footwork to find out the college’s stance on the space, rough draft a mission statement, connect with all 87 student groups on this idea, research and find inspiration from Happyland, soft occupation of space on campus.
FOLLOW UP/CONTACT: Joe Beatty (They’re planning another meeting outside of this one to do more planning!)
[FESTIVAL] – This event will be a place of community, skills, knowledge, a safe space to connect with others, participation, inspiration, tangibility, fun, and be embodied on the web. More ideas include: a creating a big mural, live performances, giving everyone something to work towards, celebrate the work that everyone’s doing (individuals, offices, groups), show case of projects, invite community/activist groups (this can be a community event, not just students), themed poetry (ex: oppression).”Walls” we may come up against are: solidifying a date, space, the paperwork, find community allies, who will do what?
NEXT STEPS: create a framework for easy plug-in of groups, create a network to make the festival happen. Research other events similar to it, and find out the structure and how it was organized.
FOLLOW UP/CONTACT: Elissa Goss
6. Related thoughts and suggestions:
– Our blog is Evergreenrevival.wordpress.com (You’re already on it, reader!) Celi or Dante will send out the blog administrator info to everyone so that anyone can post!
– Ella is planning to create a promo video for the group! Probably during winter quarter
– What are ways we can bring these gatherings to campus while maintaining the community feel?
– Perhaps we can have more frequent and predictable meetings? Proposed: Twice a month.
– There is a conversation to be had about the leadership and structure of the group and what it should look like.
– Revival Gathering SLEEPOVER???
– Future meetings should have a time keeper and very clear end points of the meeting, like a closing; and could start earlier!
NEXT MEETING: SUNDAY, JANUARY 6th, 2013!!!